The following are comments sent by people who have signed the Open Letter. Please add your thoughts/comments by contacting us, or by commenting below. Thank you for your contributions.
We both believe climate change is the single most important issue of our time which needs to be urgently addressed. We also believe divestment in fossil fuels, as explained by Bill Mckibben, is a critical step towards stopping our collective suicide and to regaining equilibrium with nature. It is what will make possible a re-orientation of society towards renewable and sustainable energy sources. There are numerous reasons why this is important!
Philippa Wiens and Pierre Chetelat
By now there are viable alternatives to burning fossil fuels (other then just solar or wind ) however there have long been, and continue to be, strong concerted efforts to thwart implementing those alternatives so that the fossil fuel giants can continue to rake in profits. We need to go beyond just talking about alternatives, but actually research to learn how to put these alternatives to practical everyday use.
– Harry Harms
I was inspired recently when I heard that by 1761 Quakers considered the abolition of slavery to be a Christian duty and slave-owners were not permitted to be members of the Quaker society. I think responding to climate change is an as important justice issue for us as individuals and as churches as the abolition of slavery was then. We need to think of those who are unjustly hurt by the oil industry (as all of us are and will be) and find ways to extract ourselves from a destructive industry. And we need to do this soon.
– Mona Neufeld
I appreciate those whose livelihood and life’s work depends on this industry as well as acknowledge the need for sacrificial decisions to be made in how we use fossil fuels.
– Tim Friesen
We are concerned about the over use of fossil fuel, and appreciate the efforts people are putting into trying to find solutions for the problems created by fossil fuel over use.
– Jim and Ruth Martin
Discouraging the use of fossil fuels fits with working towards God’s dream for the earth!
– Julianna Bender
Energy usage is at the root of the most pressing issue facing humanity today–overconsumption and the exploitation/monetization of Earth’s resources. Cutting out fossil fuels is a good first step in reducing our total energy usage, as well as in addressing climate change.
– Matthew Knight
We need to try to accomplish what our politicians and businesses refuse to do.
– Jeff Martin
Biblical figures were punished for lack of concern for future generations, we must consider this a serious issue for all those ahead of us.
– Jon Owen
I endorse this open letter calling on Mennonite Church Canada leaders to commission a study that would provide specific options for fossil fuel divestment by MC Canada as well as other investing entities within the MC Canada family and individual church members.
– Leslie Allaby
I am signing in response to our commitment to be good stewards of God’s creation and in support of our walk with our Indigenous brothers and sisters here in BC.
– Garry Janzen
All of creation is to be caught up in God’s gift of restoration.
– Jamie Arpin-Ricci
As people who love the Creator, let us realize how our actions affect ALL She creates and join a global movement that advocates for the health of the earth.
– Hannah Enns
I sign this letter because I am inspired to be part of a process, however imperfect and small, that will invite members of our Mennonite community into an awareness that is vital to our continued justice and peace work. The first steps towards redemptive change may be small, but when many step together, ripples and blooms are seen.
– Katie Doke Sawatzky
I use fossil fuels of course but would like to have other options offered that use less. So to invest in making the fossil fuel industry stronger is nonsensical. We need to stop exploration of fossil fuels and look at diminishing our consumption of energy and consumption in general of goods. Let’s invest in alternative cleaner energies.
– Luke Martin
Seeking right relationship with God, our brothers and sisters, and the earth means fossil fuel divestment.
– Laura Dyck
Leaders need help sometimes to set policy direction. All of us are struggling to make changes personnally and professionally. If we had strong visible leadership on this issue who kows where this will lead.
– Brent Gouthro
Divestment is for our generation what conscientious objection was for our grandparents. The war against creation is being waged with our dollars now, not our bodies.
– Marcus Rempel
Faith calls us to action, and it is time for the church to take action about climate change.
– Sara Brubacher
To live at peace means living peacefully with the people around us, the animals and birds around us, the plants around us, even the soil and the insects around us. The way many of our churches are operating now is perpetuating violence against the planet as we presume to be superior and dominate rather than realize our deep dependence on all of creation.
Thank you for this initiative.
– Amy Peters
The situation is urgent and we must do what we can to make changes.
– Stan Olson
If we want to change this world for the better, we have to make the necessary changes first within ourselves and our communities.
– Anna-Marie Epp-Janzen
Where your treasure is, there shall your heart be also. Treasure invested in fossil fuels means destruction of God’s world and God’s people.
– Mark Bigland-Pritchard
I heartily endorse the Open Letter to MC Canada. An intense carbon based future is an agenda of big corporations and makes no sense to the health of our earth, of which we are part.
– Wayne MacDonald
Climate change is a moral issue, and as people of faith we are called to love our neighbours, not make their lives impossible.
– Christine Penner Polle
I began researching likely effects of forecasts of climate change in 1984. I contributed to IPCC’s [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] assessments for which that organization was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
– Henry Reiger
A small but significant way to connect values and finances and challenge the divide between conscience and capitalism.
– Joe Heikman
Climate change is happening. May God guide us on how we can help to save our environment. We all need to do our part.
– Helen Rempel
We need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and support our First Nations in their efforts in this area as protectors of the earth.
– Lorne Brandt
This is an important issue for our faith community to address.
– Evelyn Rempel Petkau
In view of the impending ecological disaster we need a spirituality that goes beyond love of God, self and neighbour to include a love of God’s creation.
– Sig Polle
This is really only one small step; there are more.
– Bill Block